Common Questions and Answers on Schoolwide Programming
Q.) Why is it beneficial to go “schoolwide?”
The key component of schoolwide programming is flexibility. Technically, the sky is the limit in schoolwide planning. The requirement is that whatever you do, it is an activity that will help you reach your schoolwide goal, and all schoolwide goals must be identified from your comprehensive needs assessment. See "Schoolwide Sample Scenarios."
Q.) Does a schoolwide school get a larger Title I allocation?
Based on a formula using December's Free & Reduced Lunch count.
As a schoolwide program you do, however, have much more flexibility on how you can spend your Title I money.
Schoolwide programs also have the option of combining their federal Title funds into one schoolwide pot so there might in that way be more money to use to work toward schoolwide goals.
Q.) Does a Title I teacher still need a reading credential in a schoolwide program?
First of all, there isn’t a teacher who is labeled “Title I.”
The answer to this question DEPENDS on what you are doing in your schoolwide program. If your job is strictly to teach reading or to tutor students in reading, then yes, you need a reading credential. If however your job is now to coordinate parent involvement activities at your school, then no, you would not need a reading credential.
Q. Will the needs of individual children be overlooked in schoolwide programs?
No; the school is held accountable for helping all children in a schoolwide program to achieve. Research evidence indicates that it is impossible to meet the needs of students in very high poverty schools unless the entire school program is changed.
Q. Who is responsible for maintaining the schoolwide program?
In targeted assistance programs, Title I teachers have a long list of requirements that they must follow. Schoolwide programming also involves a number of requirements. However, these requirements should in no way be the responsibility of one teacher at the school (unless he/she is paid as a coordinator and given time for this responsibility). Schoolwide programming is the responsibility of all school staff.
Please remember the intent of schoolwide programming.
The key issue in developing a schoolwide plan is to understand that the process entails far more than simply re-allocating Title I funds: 'Going schoolwide' is not just about Title I, it's about educational reform.
Schoolwide programs are not simply add-on services or replications of standard models; they are planned adaptations of proven programs, changed to meet local conditions and traditions.
(WestEd Schoolwide Reform: A New Outlook)